These Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mules are sweet, spicy, and full of Fall flavor. Pumpkin butter and vanilla vodka make them taste like a boozy slice of pie!
What is a Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule?
A classic Moscow Mule is a fabulous, refreshing cocktail made up of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. It's typically served in a copper mug which, in addition to being pretty and distinctive, keeps the drink frosty cold.
A Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule still has all of the aforementioned ingredients plus a healthy dollop of sweet, spicy, pumpkin butter. The pumpkin butter, plus vanilla vodka, makes this drink taste like a slice of boozy pumpkin pie. But in drink form.
What goes into these mules? Just a handful of very good ingredients!
- Vanilla vodka: I like to use Smirnoff or Pinnacle vanilla vodka. Basically, use something decent. But there's no need to reach for anything on the top shelf. Do really top shelf vodkas even come in flavors?
- Pumpkin butter: This stuff is like magic. Delicious, delicious magic. I've found mine at Trader Joe's but Google tells me that there are other options. Click here to see where you can find some.
- Lime juice: Freshly squeezed, please.
- Ginger beer: I like very spicy ginger beer, but use whatever kind you prefer.
- Garnishes: While these are technically not required, they make the drink look so pretty! I like to use a whole star anise and cinnamon stick
How do you make a Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule?
You'll start by adding vanilla vodka, pumpkin butter, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake shake shake until it's very cold.
Next, you'll double strain the contents of the shaker into a copper mug with ice.
If you want to ensure that there are no little globs of pumpkin butter that didn't get incorporated in the shaker in your cocktail, you can double strain this drink. Basically, that means straining the drink out of your strainer and through a fine mesh strainer and into your glass.
Top everything with some spicy ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge and some beautiful star anise and/or a cinnamon stick!
- Copper mugs! They keep your drink super cold and frosty. Plus they look great.
- A cocktail shaker
- A jigger, to measure your booze
- A citrus juicer
Other Fall cocktails
Looking for other Fall cocktails? Check these out!
- Bourbon Moscow Mule from A Nerd Cooks
- Apple French 75 from Mitten Girl
- Caramel Apple Moscow Mules from A Nerd Cooks
- Apple Cider Mimosas from Sweet Tea and Thyme
- Apple Cider Margaritas from A Nerd Cooks
FAQs/Tips and tricks
Plain or whipped cream vodka would be really good, too!
Yes, but then the drink won't be a Mule. It will, however, still be delicious.
It's the easiest way to get a really concentrated pumpkin pie flavor into your cocktail. Though I haven't tried it myself, you could also try using pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices in lieu of pumpkin butter. It probably won't be as a flavorful, but could still work!
You don't have to, but look at how pretty it makes this drink look! Plus, a copper mug will keep your drink super cold for a longer period of time.
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Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 heaping tablespoon pumpkin butter
- ½ lime juiced
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- lime wedge whole star anise and/or cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)
- Add the vanilla vodka, pumpkin butter, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold and the pumpkin butter has been incorporated.
- Strain into a copper mug with ice. Double strain if you want to avoid any clumps of pumpkin butter that didn't quite incorporate.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and whole star anise and/or a cinnamon stick, if desired
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
Ah! I absolutely loved this cocktail. I tried it out and was surprised to find it was sweet yet flavorfully spicy. A great spin on your normal cocktails, thank you for sharing this.
Thanks, Tommy!! So glad that you enjoyed it. I know that I'll be sipping on these all Autumn long (and hope you will be, too).